D'Aguilar NP - Marbled Frogmouth and Breeding(?) Sooty Owl

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Subject: D'Aguilar NP - Marbled Frogmouth and Breeding(?) Sooty Owl
From: Nick Leseberg <>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:50:17 +0000
Hi All,

Spent an enjoyable afternoon and evening in D'Aguilar NP west of Brisbane 
yesterday, with several highlights.

My afternoon efforts concentrated on the trail to the north of the main road, 
about 5.5km west of Maiala. There were many good birds here, with Noisy Pittas 
very vocal (at least 4-5 birds), but always a little too far off the trail to 
see. A cracking male Paradise Riflebird foraged overhead, while Australian 
Logrunners, Rufous Fantails, Rose Robins and Green Catbirds were among the 
other birds seen around and about. Wompoo Fruit-Doves were heard but remained 
hidden as well.

After dusk I was joined by Jim Sneddon and George Chapman, and we tried the 
same trail. First cab off the rank was a very vocal pair of Marbled Frogmouths, 
with the male bird posing for fantastic photographs. A distant Sooty Owl was 
heard. After moving on to Brown's Rd we heard another Marbled Frogmouth close 
by, and another distant Sooty Owl.

>From there we moved on to Manorina, where the Sooty Owl has been reliable for 
>a couple of weeks now, and we may have figured out why. A persistent rasping 
>back in the forest that was in the trees but not moving is I think, a young 
>bird. The call was quite persistent, matching the description in HANZAB for 
>fledged young. We tried to get close to the call, but the forest off the trail 
>is quite thick and we abandoned the search. The adult did come in after a 
>while, giving one descending scream as it approached, and in response to 
>squeaking gave the insect like trill which allowed us to locate it high up in 
>the canopy. It remained high, vocalising occasionally, but as with previous 
>visits seemed happy just to hang around and let us watch, not seeming overly 
>perturbed by our presence or the spotlight. 

We eventually left the birds in peace, very happy with our evenings efforts! If 
anyone has any questions, please let me know.

Regards and good birding!

Nick Leseberg
Tropical Birding

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